Spring is typically a roller coaster ride of up and down temperatures. You never know if the next storm is going to be rain or snow. We might get some snow and sleet tonight, but other than that it’s been pretty dry here, which has helped the snow melt go more slowly. We’ve had a lot of mud, but that is settling down quite a bit already. Some areas where we walk have bare ground or mud, some have ice, and some still have snow that is a bit deep! It’s tough for me some days to figure out which boots I should be wearing out on our walks.
We prefer to walk in the morning, so often it’s still below freezing when we head out. That makes for the easiest walking since typically when we hit those deep snow areas, we can walk right on top of it. On the occasional warmer morning we’ve had, we’ve stuck to the trails that are not so snowy. The warm mornings bring out all the smells too, so walks typically go like this:
Not a lot of distance covered for the time spent. 🙂
You saw one area of running water in our “Snow Melt” post on Wednesday, and that seasonal stream runs through quite a bit of our property, so here Luke shows you another section of it.
He has no trouble plodding through, but I am more challenged to find ways around it or over it on logs and stones. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m wearing boots, because sometimes I can’t keep my balance on those obstacles! The other day I gripped Luke’s leash tight and he held me up!
We’re accustomed to the ups and downs of spring, and though we get impatient for more warmth and greenery, we try to simply enjoy each day of warmer temperatures, secure in the knowledge that it will get here eventually!
Winter left behind quite a mess of broken and fallen trees and branches, and we have a lot of work ahead of us!
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Jodi Stone says
The woods always bring the BEST smells! I know both of my dogs love those wood walks! We’ve been lucky it’s been pretty dry, Lacrosse hasn’t started yet (but I think it’s coming!) and there have been few bugs. Once that changes, we usually bag off the woods for a bit.
Here’s hoping for nicer weather!
Enjoy it while you can! We got some rain (and then snow) this week, so it’s gotten pretty muddy out there now. We may have to adjust some of our routes for a while.
Bell Fur Zoo says
I resemble Luke on our walkies…Gots to smell dat pee mail 😉 Mama and Daddy has been working in our yard and Gram & Paps yard fur da past couple weekends. Winter sure can wreak havock on da yards dats fur sure buts all da pawretty flowers popping up efurywhere makes up for it.
Matt & Matilda
It sure does! We got more snow this week though, not a lot, but enough to cover the ground and stop any yard work we had started!
The Island Cats says
The first smells of spring…smell so sweeeeeet!
They sure do!!
joann stancer says
It’s always something to see what winter brings and the work ahead. Spring is beautiful thou as it means sunshine and warmth.
As long as we can do that work out in the sunshine and warmth, it’s all good!!
Monika, Sam & Elsa says
The transition from winter to spring had lots of ups and downs. Hopefully the ups will become more frequent for you.
We’re not quite there yet, with sleet and temperatures barely above freezing today, but hopefully we’ll get to those ups soon!
Ellen Pilch says
We are getting some snow right now- strange weather.
It sure is! Today we’re getting rain and sleet. Oh joy. LOL
LLB in Our Backyard says
It’s amazing how long snows seems to last…we hope things melt and dry up a bit for you soon!
It certainly is a slow process. Thank you!
Melissa Clinton says
It is like walking through all of the seasons in one outing!
Ha, yes, good one – that’s exactly what it’s like!
I love going on walks with you, Luke.
Have a woof woof day and weekend. My best to your peeps. ♥
And we love that we can take you along. ♥
Molly the AireGirl says
You look like you are finding all kinds of good stuffs to smell, Luke!
It’s a high traffic area….but I won’t tell Mom what’s been through there. BOL
Bouncing Bertie says
We enjoyed the spring walk around your territory, and we know all about the roller coaster weather at this time of year too. The guinea hens look well nourished, despite the long winter.
The guinea hens didn’t think they would, but they survived the winter quite well. 🙂
Thanks for coming along on our walk with us! ♥
Ducky's Mom says
Good Boy, Luke for holding your Mama up and not letting her fall in the stream!! Ducky probably would have pulled me in and then laughed at me. (She’s a little stinker sometimes! But we love her. <3 )
Sorry the trees were damaged by all the snow! But you should be able to use it in the wood stove, I would think, once it dries out.
Yes, that wood will be put to very good use!!
Luke does try to make up for all the times he’s almost pulled me over when in a rush to get to some important smell. LOL
Brian Frum says
Thse poor trees. Luke is sure having fun checking things out!
He loves his outdoors time!
it’s sad to see the damage of mr. winter. here you can rent a piece of the forest to remove the damaged trees and to use them for firewood…it’s a small fee but a good idea and a lot of people get their firewood nearly for freee and the nature looks proper now ;O)
That is really cool! The Dadz will clean these trees up, and we will use them for firewood next winter. Almost makes his job easier. 🙂
Bummer with the tree mess. Thankfully, we don’t have to deal with that. Now we are getting into April showers time and that is no fun at all. Spring is just an ugly time of year for us, but we deal with it every year since we have to. Enjoy your walks.
Kim - Life at Golden Pines says
There really is NOTHING like the smells of spring – At least according to the dogs. So many things to smell, so much to roll on too! 🙂 But you’re right about its uncertainty and unpredictability. It truly is a transition made harder when Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind!
Take care, and have a good week!
I commented to someone yesterday that winter is leaving kicking and screaming this year…..it does not want to go!! 🙂
We’re starting to run into a lot more mud on our walks lately, and now with rain it’s going to be worse. We do have to get through the ugly time to get to the pretty green and flowers!